THE REAL DIRT

Entries from November 26th, 2008

Estuary or Mess-tuary?

November 26th, 2008 · No Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Bruce Thom was the chair of the National State of the Environment Council, a member of the esteemed Wentworth Group of Scientists and a long-time warrior for coastal protection. He wants to see determined and national action on the continent’s estuaries. The current woeful state of the Murray River Estuary is an extreme replication of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····

Throwing the Babies Out With the Bucket Water

November 24th, 2008 · 4 Comments · News

Pictures and Story by JAMES WOODFORD This week Tim Fletcher threw out 70,000 babies with the bucket water. Fletcher’s job with the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, partly funded by the NSW Environmental Trust, is to help rehabilitate the Snowy – the nation’s most famous river. In the past three weeks Authority staff, local landowners, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ···

Riverstalgia: How Coal Companies are stealing our rivers

November 21st, 2008 · 8 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

As BP Solar announced this week it was packing up the picnic and emigrating, we were reminded how much fun it is going to be now that we are alone with Nat King Coal. Not only does the coal industry pollute the atmosphere, it has a few good rivers on its conscience as well. Caroline Graham takes […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ···

Real Dirt, Fast – 19 November

November 19th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Real Dirt Fast

There’s news and there’s shipping news. The shipping news is the local stuff – strange comings and goings, unusual cargo and celebrities in odd places. Today Real Dirt, Fast begins with such a story. We have a lot of echidnas down here at Cudbugga Forest but normally they are on their way across the paddocks, heading directly […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·

Rattus evictus: rodent eradication leads to new lease of life for island haven

November 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments · News

Story and Pictures by James Woodford See Stuart Cohen’s Flickr site – a fantastic collection of Brush Island photos from this week’s expedition After a night trying to sleep amidst thousands of feathered revellers, seabird scientist, Nicholas Carlile, says it is as if Brush Island has just survived a huge, impromptu party. Uninhabited by humans, the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····

Missing history or emissions progress?

November 13th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

Jeff Angel is the Director of the Total Environment Centre, a legend of the Australian conservation movement and author of Green is Good. We are at a crossroads, he writes:   In the next month Australia will take some steps forwards on the journey to a low carbon economy or falter to a deadstop. In December the Rudd […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ·

Don’t Annoy Scarecrows: Tossed Food, Lost Water

November 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Guest Viewpoint

I bet you never thought of it like this…Dr Charlotte de Fraiture is based at the International Water Management Institute, a non-profit research institute with its headquarters in Sri Lanka…She wrote this small but important opinion while visiting the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University. It is estimated that around 40% […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ··

A Better Way of Burning? Climate Change, Bushfires, Indigenous Knowledge

November 10th, 2008 · 9 Comments · Guest Viewpoint, Updates

  Living with climate change is nothing new for Indigenous Australians, who survived tens of thousands of years in this continent with wild swings of dry, wet and sea levels many tens of metres lower than today. Clearly current fire management regimes are inadequate. But is there an alternative, asks ranger and landcare officer, Greg Watts? […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ··

SHOALHAVEN RIVER GETS A REST FROM SYDNEY’S WATER GREED

November 7th, 2008 · 4 Comments · News

Picture and story by James Woodford The pumping of water from the Shoalhaven River to top up Sydney’s supply is to be stopped for at least three years, signalling a further easing of the city’s water crisis. The NSW Water Minister, Phillip Costa, will announce today a moratorium on the massive transfers of water from […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····

Real Dirt, Fast – 6 November

November 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Real Dirt Fast

They say people often look like their pets and that scientists sometimes look like the creatures they study. Overlooking his unruly beard, Dr Duck, more formally known as Professor Richard Kingsford from the University of NSW, is no exception. Right now he is even behaving like a bird. Dr Duck is on a mass migration around the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: ····